Category Archives: Default settings

Towards a new internet strategy for the UK

On 27th February Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State at DCMS announced the Government’s intention to  develop a new internet strategy. As a member of the Executive Board of UKCCIS I was asked for my views.  I reproduce them below. I … Continue reading

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Pornography, age verification and related matters

At the end of February, the Government announced that sex education was to become a compulsory part of the national curriculum. Apparently, among other things,  sexting, self-generated images and the harms associated with pornography are to be addressed within the … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, E-commerce, Pornography, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

Stockholm Syndrome and the internet

Stockholm Syndrome describes how hostages can eventually come to adopt the values or point of view of their captors.  Having just returned from ICANN 58 in Copenhagen I am convinced there is a lot more of it about than I … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, ICANN, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

The GDPR lands in the UK

In January the UK’s data protection authority –  the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – issued its first formal account, an overview, of how it was interpreting the GDPR and how it saw matters proceeding from there. I’m sorry I didn’t blog about … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Consent, Default settings, E-commerce, Regulation, Self-regulation

A Disgraceful Dereliction of Duty

ICANN is the global ruling body for the worldwide web. It is an independent organization but every government in the world, including the UK’s, can influence its decisions through something called the Government Advisory Committee (GAC). The Brits have been particularly active on … Continue reading

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A big but solvable problem

The great majority of social media sites say that 13-year-olds may use their services but because few, if any, do any kind of age verification we know that 75% of all 10-12-year-olds in the UK are on them. However, on Twitter and Tumblr, for example, there is a phenomenal amount … Continue reading

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Answers, answers

2017 has set off at a blistering pace. The first week is not over yet and already we have had two important announcements. Searching for answers NSPCC got in first with its call for parents to make greater use of … Continue reading

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